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40th annual Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally hosts more balloons than ever before

Balloons fly high in RIverton skies as the 2020 rally kicks off with 40th annual event.
Balloons fly high in RIverton skies as the 2020 rally kicks off with 40th annual event.(Abby Maidl)
Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 3:43 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A lot of events have really been up in the air as to whether they would happen this summer or not, but this Riverton event is in full swing.

 Eric Carr, Community Development Director for the City of Riverton and Chairman for the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally, said, “It’s been going on for 40 years now, so 1981 was our first year and this year we’ve got 30 balloons for our 40th. It’s all we can fit on the launch field, so we’re pretty tickled.”

The 40th annual rally started today with 30 balloons in the sky. This is the most balloons they have ever had at their event. More than 30 pilots have registered in the past, but due to cancellations, the city has never actually hosted this many balloons.

“I wish I could say that it’s just because we’re so popular and awesome. However, there is a circuit to it that they can travel,” stated Carr.

Usually they have between 15-25 balloons present.  Carr believes the reason for so many balloons this year is that many other balloon events were cancelled. Because of this, many pilots registered last minute. So the committee was printing off their detailed balloon brochures as late as last week.   

“It all came together really well. It was fairly last minute, but you do what you have to do under special circumstances,” emphasized Carr.  

An entire year worth of planning goes into this event that has drawn pilots from across the U.S. as well as from Mexico, Great Britain, and Canada.

Carr added, “We had four pilots from Canada that were going to come down, but obviously with the border restrictions they didn’t want to have to sit in quarantine for 14 days when they got back so they were unable to make it this year.”

The event is a little different this year. Spectators are not allowed on the launch field as a precaution, and masks are required on the field for all involved. Viewers are welcome to watch from home, or they can park at CWC. However, since the campus is still closed to the public, viewers should be careful not to enter any buildings.

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